Déagol slain by Sméagol (Gollum) for the One Ring
Event Type: Genealogical
Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards
About this time Déagol the Stoor finds the One Ring, and is murdered by Sméagol.
The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age
'[When Déagol] washed the mud away, there in his hand lay a beautiful golden ring; and it shone and glittered in the sun.... But Sméagol had been watching him from behind a tree, and as Déagol gloated over the ring, Sméagol came softly up behind.
'"Give us that, Déagol, my love," said Sméagol, over his friend's shoulder.
'"Why?" said Déagol.
'"Because it's my birthday, my love, and I wants it," said Sméagol.
'"I don't care," said Déagol. "I have given you a present already, more than I could afford. I found this, and I'm going to keep it."
'"Oh, are you indeed, my love," said Sméagol; and he caught Déagol by the throat and strangled him, because the gold looked so bright and beautiful. Then he put the ring on his finger.
'No one ever found out what had become of Déagol; he was murdered far from home, and his body was cunningly hidden. But Sméagol returned alone; and he found that none of his family could see him, when he was wearing the ring.'
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 2, The Shadow of the Past
Elena TIriel 26Jul06